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Date(s) - 15/10/2013 - 17/10/2013
All Day



New to co-ops but want to find out more?
Already in a co-op and up for sharing your experiences and gaining new
Then this event is for you!

A weekend of free workshops about workers’ and housing co-ops

Fri 15th – Sun 17th Nov, in venues around Forest Fields, Nottingham
Open to people from Nottingham and further afield.

What’s it about?
Workers’ co-ops are a way of taking control of our work places – no
bosses, no shareholders, just a group of people working together to make a
decent wage in a satisfying way. Housing co-ops are a way of providing
yourselves with decent housing, without being messed around by a landlord.

With this weekend we want to promote co-ops as an alternative way of
working and living. It’s a chance for people new to co-ops to find out
more and for people already in co-ops to meet and share experiences and
skills. Organised by Radical Routes, a network of co-ops and Seeds for
Change, a workers’ co-op providing training and resources for co-ops.

A varied programme of free workshops run by people in co-ops. You’re
welcome to come to just one or two of these workshops or to all of them.
Refreshments and lunch for a small donation.

More details:


*  Basic financial literacy for people in co-ops

* How to set up a workers’ co-operative.

* What is a co-op? Co-operative working and living – is it for you?

* How not to set up a co-op: an opportunity to learn from others’
mistakes and avoid common pitfalls.

* How to manage without a manager. What is collective management? How do
you make it work in a workers’ co-op? From dealing with day to day and
long-term decisions, recruitment, staff issues to conflict resolution
and legal obligations as an employer.

* Publicising your workers’ co-op: the practicalities and politics of

* Consensus decision-making.

* Facilitating effective meetings.

* Co-ops and compromise: sticking to your principles whilst staying afloat.

On Sun 17th Nov on top of lots of workshops we’ve got a whole day of
stalls from co-ops as well as one-to-one surgeries to get advice for your
particular co-op (including: sources of finance, collective management,
business planning and legal stuff). Plus time for meeting and networking
with people in co-ops.

Please tell us if you are coming and to which workshops as spaces are

RSVP to or call 01524 840028. Once
you’ve told us you are coming we will send you detailed travel directions
to the venues.

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